I always tell my team of writers to cross-check every piece of information they’ve acquired from Wikipedia. Yes, it’s a massive source of information, but people can easily manipulate the content available on this online encyclopedia. Some do it to misguide others while some do it just to have a few laughs, but how about declaring yourself the new prime minister of Australia because apparently, ‘you were getting bored!’
12-year-old genius kid, Orley Fenelon showed the world some serious potential for creative imagination and computer skills by declaring himself the leader of the ‘lucky country’ on Wikipedia for a couple of days. He stood alongside the likes of Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd and therefore became an overnight internet sensation. It took him less than an hour to outshine the current PM, Malcolm Turnball and acquire the highest office from under his nose. Something that takes a lifetime for most of the politicians.
The young gun revealed in an interview that he wasn’t expecting his Wikipedia prank to become global news. According to him it was just a ‘joke with his friends’. He also added that he had pulled-off similar pranks in the past without getting the kind of attention which he is receiving at the moment.
When he was asked about how his parents are reacting to the whole thing, he said, “They are having a great laugh through all of this.” Are you wondering what could have happened if this class 7 student would have actually become the prime minister of Australia? Well, the first thing he wanted to do was to declare kebabs – the national food of the country. Now, that would have been awesome!
His Wikipedia page was soon deleted and suddenly, he became a regular teenager again, but his enthusiasm to destroy the internet is still intact. He warned, “Shutting down my account won’t stop me, unfortunately.” Let’s just wait and watch what this kid will do next. Becoming the next Dalai Lama, maybe!